SORSOGON City, Sorsogon – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently spearheaded the “2017 Rural Women Caravan” that recognized the role of women in community development in the province of Sorsogon.
The DAR was joined by various government agencies and local government officials on Friday last week to pay homage to the marvelous jobs the women of Sorsogon rendered, both as housewives and members of the society.
The caravan also cited senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs), some of whom remain productive despite their infirmities as a result of old age and physical defects.
Lawyer Althea Oliveros of the DAR Public Assistance and Media Relations Service (PAMRS) said women should be treated fairly since they play key roles in nation-building as much as men do.
“Women should be given the chance to exercise their rights, like their rights to pursue their careers and to be consulted on matters involving family affairs,” Oliveros said, adding that “under the law, men and women are equal.”
Sorsogon City Mayor Sally Lee said women should take pride in what they can do because “we have that virtue of patience that men do not.”
“If you give a man a work, he will do it. But if you give a woman a work, she will do it better because a woman delivers,” Lee said. She explained that a woman bears a child in her womb for nine months, for which she develops that virtue of patience, “the patience to wait and the patience to do something about it.”
All that is needed, Lee said, is for women to have access to information. “Give her all the information she needed and she will surely deliver.”
Mayor Carolyn Reyes of Pilar, Sorsogon echoed: “An informed woman is an empowered woman.”
Reyes urged all participants in the caravan to pass on to others whatever they learned here so that others may be empowered, too.
“Women can achieve more if they are empowered,” Mayor Sharon Escoto of Gubat, Sorsogon said. “Let’s grab all the opportunity presented to us. Let us be the best that we can be.”
Army Major Brelyn Botoy said women should be active in community development for they play a major role in keeping the family together.
Botoy said that housekeeping is a noble profession that every woman should be proud of. She stressed that “there are many threats to our children out there that mothers should be wary of.
She cited the human traffickers and the terrorists who are lurking at every corner waiting for the opportune time to snatch away their innocence and lure them into doing something against the law.
“That’s why, we, women, should not belittle our capabilities. I am a mother, too. You may think that we are just at home. But the fact that we are attending to the needs of our loved ones, in addition to our jobs, to keep each one of us together is already something that all of us should be proud of,” she said.
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